Busted boys are off to the races

Busted - James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson

Busted - James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson - Credit: Archant

Busted fans are finally getting their wish with Woodbridge’s Charlie Simpson joining his original band-mates for their first tour together in more than a decade - including a performance at Newmarket Nights.

Simpson, who left to front alternative rock band Fightstar and pursue solo projects; Matt Willis and James Bourne will perform on July 22.

Annoucing their reunion, Willis said: “We’re back. Busted are back. We’re stoked and we’re going on tour next year” before joking with Simpson: “Aren’t we, Charlie? We are, right?”

Ex-Framlingham College student Simpson, who turned down the chance to collaborate with Willis, Bourne and McFly’s pop project McBusted because it “wasn’t right” for him, said he’d geniunely meant it when he said he’d never return to Busted.

He changed his mind after Bourne persuaded him to secretly get together in a studio for a week in Philadelphia, where they put together a number of new songs - a catalyst for the reunion.

Bourne commented it was a really fun time and felt like they were hanging out like old friends.

“We’re really looking forward to putting on an awesome show at Newmarket this summer. Going to the races is such a great day out, we’re stoked to be joining the party and we’ll be playing a full set to close out the day including the hits. Hopefully we’ll make a bob or two on the horses while we’re at it. See ya there,” said the band.

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Willis has previously joked Busted only had two albums so there probably wouldn’t be a song you didn’t know.

Expect What I Go To School For, Crashed The Wedding, Air Hostess and Year 3000 when the chart-toppers perform.

Amy Starkey, regional director east of Jockey Club Racecourses, added: “We’re very proud to announce yet another fantastic act for 2016 and we look forward to hosting the original Busted trio, especially with the town celebrating 350 years of making history.”

Tickets go on sale at 8am this Friday via www.thejockeyclublive.co.uk

Other acts already announced include The Corrs, Will Young, Little Mix and Tears for Fears with more being revealed soon.